One fat englishman. Chicago Tribune 2019-02-12

One fat englishman Rating: 9,3/10 556 reviews

An Appetite for Booze and Helene; ONE FAT ENGLISHMAN. By KingsĀ­ley Amis. 192 pp. New York: HarĀ­court, Brace & World. $3.95.

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Everyone conducts himself thoroughly badly. Amis is at his best when revealing Roger's motivations and reasoning. Perspiring heavily, Roger removes his tan-and-slate tweed jacket. The E-mail message field is required. The scene in which he's beaten at Scrabble by the 7-year old son of one of his fleeting conquests, and his hilariously childish revenge will stay with me for a long time. Irving Macher, the young author of an annoyingly brilliant first novel? Amis is so eloquent as Roger that I have to admire this perspective on things. This especially impressed me, given that he also goes out of his way to show just what a stupendous glutton and boor Roger can be, and often the two things happened within pages of each other.

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Now and again I read something so visceral that I'm ashamed to be holding a book instead of a bloody rag, drink or bundle of clothing. It's all been done better by American writers. Viewed from here the scene looked different. The action of the novel takes place in a college-town America where all the colleges are named after breweries,such as Budweiser, Ballantine, Rheingold, and Pilsener. He is fat and irascible; given to adultery with as many women as have managed to hold his otherwise short attention span. In one short phrase I do not remember laughing once at any point during this book.


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One Fat Englishman by Kingsley Amis

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Roger Micheldene is, not to mince words, a truly horrible old man. He wrote more than twenty novels, three collections of poetry, short stories, radio and television scripts, and books of social and literary criticism. In this short novella, 162 pages in this edition, we follow him as he moves about Budweiser College where for some strange reason he has visiting professor status. He roams around drinking and taking his snuff conversing with all the ladies who find him intriguing because he is so different to the American man. This is very much how the book felt to me: dark, bitter laughter punctuating irritation. For Roger, pleasure consists of gluttony, brow-beating virtually all males he comes across, and fornicating with just about all females. Hilly took the opportunity to make an editorial comment, in lipstick, on Kingsley's back: At least Kingsley Amis could laugh at himself, in the way that self-loathers usually do.

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An Appetite for Booze and Helene; ONE FAT ENGLISHMAN. By KingsĀ­ley Amis. 192 pp. New York: HarĀ­court, Brace & World. $3.95.

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Sure, Roger is a culturally condescending racist and bigot but how free are we from our inner Roger? Maybe someone who knows more about Amis can tell us in precisely which order the following events happened? Roger Micheldene, the One Fat Englishman of the title, is gluttonous, alcoholic and adulterous, but mostly just hateful and insufferably British. His self-loathing may only be exceeded by his loathing for everyone else. This is a truly unpleasant satire, hip-deep in unfunny snark. Hugely annoying and unbelievable main character and lots of other annoying characters. Rarely a book so boozy is this smart and even more rarely will you find yourself remotely engaged by such a venomous slob as Micheldene. His I do like reading Kingsley Amis but I don't think this story is particularly wonderful, except for the main character Roger. He is fat and irascible; given to adultery with as many women as have managed to hold his otherwise short attention span.

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It was published by Summit Books and has a total of 192 pages in the book. Nick, it may be that Amis Pere is currently out of vogue, but I for one am grateful for your series about him. No matter, his character Micheldene compensates by being funny as well as occasionally racist and otherwise biased. What I was doing was knocking British anti-Americanism, and I thought, Put all the usual tired old arguments into the mouth of a very unsympathetic character. And that's what's so perpetually disturbing about Amis - his laying bare of the infantile, at best adolescent, motivations of supposedly grown-up people, something he can only have arrived at by an unflinching, but nevertheless profoundly uncomfortable, reckoning with himself. No publisher would print, I shouldn't think, a novel containing so many comments so overtly sexist and racist. Kingsley rarely wastes his words, and his ability to put across comic situations is peerless well, except for his son Martin.

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One Fat Englishman

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Amis writes well and he wastes nobody Strung with the same gauge strings as Catcher in the Rye but played by a ham-fisted drunk there's no reason anyone should like this but I'm fairly confident almost everybody with an ear for humor will take delight. Although he is a frightful curmudgeon, Micheldene is a hilarious observer; and his comments, however not-nice at times, are hilarious. Even his name is somewhat aggravating and in fact it's longer and more complicated than this but we only have to deal with that one obscure paragraph deep in the book. And at times One Fat Englishman reads like a sequel to that earlier novelā€¦one in which Lucky Jim has grown up gross and embittered and roiling with hate. Despicable Roger, the hero, is a fat, whisky swilling, angry British intellectual snob who's a guest at an American university. Or will it be his married ex-lover Helene? Another point: I should think you could read this novel as a commentary on Anglo-American relations at any time since 1774. As a satire of contemporary-to-publication British and American culture in the sauced up, swinging former half of the 1960's, however, I did This is the first and so far only book by Kingsley Amis I have read, and judging by some of its other reviews, it isn't his best-loved work.

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One Fat Englishman by Kingsley Amis (9780671671198)

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He's very careful to almost never show it, of course he is English , but the inside of his head is a swirl of turbulent emotions, and we are, for all intents and purposes, inside his head. He also drinks excessively and uses Snuff. He's very careful to almost never show it, of course he is English , but the inside of his head is a swirl of turbulent emotions, and we are, for all intents and purposes, inside his head. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. About One Fat Englishman The hero of One Fat Englishman, a literary publisher and lapsed Catholic escaped from the pages of Graham Greene to the campus of Budweiser College in provincial Pennsylvania, is philandering, drunken, bigoted, and very very fat, not to mention in a state of continuous spluttering rage against everything, not least his own overgrown self. It provided a successful hook and mystery to keep me reading at a fast clip. .

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One Fat Englishman by Kingsley Amis

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I cannot warmly recommend it, even to Amis enthusiasts. Micheldene is fat, lustful, greedy and has a Rottweiler of a temper. His self-loathing may only be exceeded by his loathing for everyone else. He famously cheated on his fir Kingsley Amis is the kind of writer who can give misogyny a bad name. To highlight just how despicable, we are given glimpse Many are the artist's rendering of Roger Micheldene, one of the most despicable characters in all of literature. As I've come, however, with advancing age and disillusionment, to sympathise with many of his conservative positions though not the racism and misogyny , I still find him vaguely disconcerting, and I've realised, at my first-ever encounter with this comparatively early novel, that it has nothing to do with politics or social attitudes per se, but rather with the people who hold both them and the attitudes to which Amis opposes those of his protagonists and surrogates. Though perhaps he had some fans there, you never do know with them.

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Rereading: One Fat Englishman by Kingsley Amis

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As if those are legitimate excuses, you loathsome fat pig! He has a wife in England, but still enjoys interludes with women. Because the narrative is unshakably rooted in Roger's point of view, we encounter Helene as he does; as an entrancing female enigma, whose whims are capricious and whose motives and next move are uncertain. No matter, his character Micheldene compensates by being funny as well as occasionally racist and otherwise biased. Indifferently married to another woman, the corpulent, middle-aged Englishman Roger has come to America on professional pretexts to pursue the endgame with his sporadic, transnational mistress Helene; either to persuade her to leave her own handsome-but-pin-headed Danish academic husband and marry him, or to conceded the race once and for all. This especially impressed me, given that he also goes out of his way to show just what a stupendous glutton and boor Roger can be, and often the two things happened within pages of each other.

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